Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez insists he still wants to win silverware, but talks over a new deal have been put on hold until the end of the season.
Benitez’s contract expires in the summer but he is said to be frustrated in his efforts to sign top players. Miguel Almiron was signed from MLS side Atlanta United for a club-record fee in January, but Benitez is known to be concerned about the overall quality of his squad.
“I want to win every game, so of course, I still want to win trophies,” he said at a press conference ahead of this weekend’s relegation clash with Huddersfield Town.
“I don’t like to play against any manager and not have the chance to compete, that is crucial.
“The main thing is the players, they can make the difference. But you have to be ambitious.”
The Magpies are in 16th place in the Premier League table just a point above the drop zone. They ended last season in 10th position.
Meanwhile, Benitez is being linked with a move to Leicester City. Foxes boss Claude Puel is walking a tightrope following comments made this week by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel suggesting the Frenchman is unable to inspire his players.